LAHORE: Former Pakistan great Javed Miandad has said that he has decided against travelling with the Pakistan team to New Zealand as batting consultant as it may cause a conflict-like situation with head coach Waqar Younis.
Talking to reporters before the start of the second session of the training camp on its second day at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Thursday, Miandad said: “I have full confidence in the abilities of Waqar Younis and if there will be two men dealing with the players, it may cause a conflict. So, I have decided not to go with the team and prefer to give coaching tips to the players in the training camp here,” he said.
“I believe that in cricket, you can’t go with two minds. As captain and coach in my time, I always preferred to make single-minded decisions because having two minds on anything can never be successful,” he said.
The PCB had offered Miandad to take up the additional assignment of batting consultant for the tour of New Zealand, starting from Dec 17.
But Miandad, currently the Director General of PCB, expressed reservations over working under head coach Waqar but later he changed the mind and joined the training camp to give batting tips to batsmen.
“This country gave me a lot and now it is time for us to give it back what we have learned. I am always ready to do something for the country’s cricket and this is one such occasion,” he said.
“In the recent past I had coached the national team before a tour of South Africa and also gave my services for the emerging talent. I am available to even work at the grassroots level,” added Miandad.
About the tour of New Zealand, Miandad said he believed in the team’s abilities which had the potential to defeat any team. “But for that to happen, every member will have to perform on the field and play with responsibility,” he said.
Miandad said he was expecting good batting pitches in New Zealand and advised the players to remain focused on their game.
“I hope the wickets at Christchurch and Eden Park and other venues are conducive for batsmen. But our batsmen will have to read their bowlers carefully,” he said.
To a question about Pakistan’s chances in the 2011 World Cup, Miandad was diplomatic in his comments: “The team which clicks on the day will be the winner and that is what the one-dayers are all about,” he opined.
“Pakistan must do well in New Zealand to enter World Cup in right frame of mind.”
Asked what kind of faults he had noticed in the Pakistani batsmen’s techniques, the master batsman said there was room for improvement in every player and no one was perfect.
“No one is perfect and every player has to learn with every passing day. These boys are good cricketers, but as it is difficult to judge one’s own weaknesses, others can point them out better and improve them. I think our batsmen just need to be tuned up and I hope they will make improvement in their game after my coaching,” said Miandad.
“It is wrong to expect the players to learn during a series. That is the time to deliver, not of learning,” he pointed out.